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New template helps Macmillan nurses

Skills for Health have teamed up with Macmillan Cancer Support to publish a new template aimed at promoting greater consistency in the quality of cancer care nursing.

The nationally transferable template (NTR) identifies the competencies required for the role of a Macmillan nurse and will help to ensure a consistent quality of care across services.

The template is suitable for use by healthcare providers in the NHS, independent and voluntary sectors throughout the UK.

Jacqui Graves, Clinical Programme Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: "There are approximately 6,000 cancer specialist nurses working across the UK and around a third of these are Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialists.

"All are working differently and until now there have been no agreed national standards. Through the development of the NTR we have been able to identify the competences required to function in the role, which are transferable across the UK and across the statutory, voluntary and private sectors."

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